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Does Changing Job Demands and Job Control Impact Work Absence, Work Productivity or Financial Outcomes?

June 26, 2014
Recorded in June, 2014

This presentation was given at the Creating and Sustaining Psychologically Healthy Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice conference that was held on June 26-27, 2014. 

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This series of brief research reports discusses the findings of two major syntheses of research literature over the past 10 years to identify (i) workplace and worker factors that increase the risk of work absence, and (ii) what can we learn about workplace interventions that reduce work absence, work productivity and financial outcomes. 

Following the presentation, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss and describe modifiable workplace factors that contribute to work absence across health conditions
  • Able to list three factors that are consistent
  • Discuss and develop an action plan for your organization
  • Establish an evaluation framework to assess program success



Kelly Williams-Whitt PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge

Dr. Kelly Williams-Whitt is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge, Calgary Campus. She was a registered nurse, and has an MBA and a PhD in Labour Relations and Human Resource Management, both from the University of Calgary. She has conducted the majority of her research in the area of return-to-work and disability accommodation. Dr. Williams-Whitt speaks frequently at conferences and has authored a number of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on this subject. She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, and is the president of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association. Dr. Williams-Whitt teaches courses in managing employee health, labour relations, employment law, human resource management and workplace diversity. She also holds an appointment with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada as an adjudicator for cases falling under Part III of the Canada Labour Code.


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